Social sensing has emerged as a new paradigm for collecting sensory measurements by means of "crowd-sourcing" sensory data collection tasks to a human population. Humans can act as sensor carriers (for example, by carrying GPS devices that share location data), sensor operators (by taking pictures with smart phones), or as sensors themselves (by sharing their observations on Twitter). Scheduled to be held in Dallas, Texas on October 19, 2015, SocialSens 2015 is the first international workshop on social sensing to bring together researchers and engineers from academia, industry, and government to present recent advances in both theoretical and experimental research.
Business Insider recently ranked Rensselaer among the top 50 computer science and engineering schools in the United States. According to the website, the ranking is based on a survey of Business Insider readers asking which degrees they deem most valuable.
Nature Geoscience recently featured news of a climate board game and downloadable teaching module developed by Rensselaer students and faculty in collaboration with Troy High School.